Retirement option floated for Jay Cutler

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Yes, Bears (for now) quarterback Jay Cutler has plenty of leverage when it comes to a possible trade. And he seems to be ready to use it. Or at least to threaten to.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network explained on (shocker) NFL Network that Cutler is “still considering” whether he wants to play, not play, walk away, etc.

For Cutler, the retirement option is a useful tool to scare away a team that may be inclined to trade for him, but that he may not be inclined to play for. It’s also a way to save face, in the event no one trades for him, the Bears cut him, and no one offers him the starting job without having to compete with a rookie and/or slappy.

That’s the difference between Cutler and guys like Carson Palmer and Ben Roethlisberger. For them, the play/no play option has a viable location if the decision is to play. For Cutler, retirement may be the only way to avoid washing out of the bottom of the league by spending a year getting banged around on a bad team — or to escape the indignity of a quarterback-needy league collectively deciding it no longer wants him.

26 responses to “Retirement option floated for Jay Cutler

  1. I’ve never understood Cutler. He had all the physical tools, but he could never get it together. What a waste of talent he has been.

  2. The Bears are in a difficult position, but it’s not like they didn’t see it coming. They have no real starting QB on the roster (no, Barkley and Hoyer are not the answer) and no one in the draft is League-ready. Romo, even if healthy, is a pipe dream. As difficult as it is to fathom, the best option is to keep him, but it’s exactly what they won’t do. Therefore, plan on listening to Fox drone on (a la L. Smith) about “plenty of football left to be played” and our “rebuilding” sometime around, oh, week six or so.

  3. He probably should just hang it up. I’m not one to put too much stock in “body language,” and I know that some people who know him say it’s not an accurate reflection of who he really is, but this dude has looked so miserable for so long that it’s almost impossible to imagine him enjoying what he’s doing. If his team falls behind bc he threw a couple pics or took a few sacks, it’s OVER. It’s not just the body language, it’s the fact that he has *no fight* in him whatsoever.

    Put him out of his misery!

  4. I still see Jay Cutler in the league 8 years after it was obvious he couldn’t play. What criteria do owners consider when they hire a GM?. I guarantee you it’s not the ability to properly evaluate QBs. Dallas made it look easy with Prescott in the 4th round. Maybe they got lucky. Oakland makes it look easy with Carr in the 2nd and Conner Cook in the 4th. That’s a pattern and I don’t think it’s luck. I think Reggie McKenzie should be the highest paid GM.

  5. It seems like a decade that Cutler hasn’t been able to decide whether he really wants to play or not, and has played and led his team accordingly.

  6. There are nearly a dozen teams (11 my my count – but it also counts the Bears) who would be better with this guy as their quarterback. If he finds himself out of work it will be for personality reasons. He’s not as good as it was projected when he was younger but he’s still good enough to start in the league.

  7. …may be the only way to avoid washing out of the bottom of the league…

    Isn’t he already washing out at the bottom?

  8. Jay would have been great if only he could have gotten out of his own way. Supreme physical gifts overshadowed by that bad attitude. Very much my generation’s Jeff George.

    I’d love to see him go out with a Pro Bowl year in a good system, but I don’t think it’ll happen next year.

  9. If you were listing the top 150 NFL QBs of the modern, Jay Cutler would make honorable mention at best. And yet, he has made more money than all but a handful who would actually be on that list. Despite his notorious lack of awareness on the field, he’s a pretty intelligent guy in real life so I’m pretty sure a whole lot of his millions are being banked away and/or invested to make him even more.

    Now add to that he’s not even 35 years old, has a hot wife, two kids he adores, and a worthy cause he’s committed to outside of football (juvenile diabetes), and you have to say he’s pretty much winning at life irrespective of where his football career goes (or doesn’t) from here. So give him credit for that, at least.

  10. Please retire so we don’t have to put up with you any more. You robbed a couple teams and got away with it. Congrats … now take your winnings and leave. Go hang out with Albert Haynesworth.

  11. “by spending a year getting banged around on a bad team”

    Isn’t that what he’s already been doing on the Bears for the last few seasons?

  12. Why retire?
    Play one more year – poorly – and make another 12.5MM.
    Then retire.
    8MM After taxes will be some nice spending money.

  13. The picture says a great deal about this player. He does not appear to be a man in good physical shape who spends time taking care of himself. Quite the opposite he looks like many of the lonely souls sitting at the end of a bar in a dim lit tavern.

  14. Whatever, Jay. We all know you’re playing for Cleveland next year. A couple games anyway. Until you reinjure yourself. Again.

  15. Somebody said: “The picture says a great deal about this player.”

    Not really. I’m a Jay-hating Bears fan, but I’d bet $20 you could find a picture of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady with this same exact look. It’s all about when you take the picture, and what you project into it.

    This is really the decision of the people running this site about whether they choose to publish their stories with a picture of Jay smiling (there actually have been one or two picture of Jay smiling… pretty sure I’ve seen at least one picture of him smiling) or Jay with the “dim tavern” look.

  16. Yes please, help the Bears and fans move on.

    They have an absolute fatal attraction to Cutler and are trapped in the gloomy vortex of his presence… totally blinded to any other option and full of excuses for not doing so.

  17. maybe he is sick of the “experts” telling him how he never lived up to his potential. like it was his fault he got traded and played for a team that never tailored a offense to fit the talent he showed in Denver. while the bears never had the offensive help around him to help him succeed, would it have killed them to let him roll out of the pocket and do some of the things he did with the broncos? who else but we get off the bus running lovie would try and fit a square peg in a round hole? why would you trade for a guy like him then try and make him into something he is not?

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